RALEIGH – Laura Beasley of Colerain and James M. Parrott Jr. of Kinston have been elected to the statewide board of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF), according to James W. Narron, board chairman.

Beasley and Parrott will assist the NCCF board in the areas of funds development, grantmaking and strategic planning to ensure that the organization continues to meet community needs across North Carolina. Board members also serve as the Foundation’s ambassadors throughout the state.

Narron said that the Foundation would benefit from Beasley’s significant community leadership and volunteer experience in northeastern North Carolina. She has served on the board of advisors of the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation since 1999 and is the current chair. She also is a founding member of the Bertie-Hertford Woman’s Fund and has extensive experience in the area of rural philanthropy. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Narron noted that NCCF also would benefit from Parrott’s thorough knowledge of North Carolina’s economy and communities through his extensive experience as a banker and business leader. He is president of Parrott Farms in Kinston and worked for Wachovia Bank for 22 years. He currently serves on the board of visitors for the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment and the Ram Neuse Board, which is developing a museum to house the Ram Neuse, an ironclad gunboat stationed in Kinston during the Civil War. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.



About the NCCF:

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $145 million in assets, the NCCF sustains over 1,000 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org and Facebook.


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